The question is always: how fast do I lose my fitness? Is it okay if I do one less mile today? If I skip a long run this weekend, will I still be on track with my training? Well, let me tell you this: you lose it faster than you think. Sure, one skipped workout doesn’t ruin your form. But continuous slacking like I have it been doing sets you back by a lot. 4 months ago I could run 20+ miles at a pace that I can keep up for 4 miles max. And I’m not getting all bitter and down on myself. There were reasons why this happened. Slacking really isn’t the right word. I have been trying but…
- First, my closest running buddy moved away. And running alone is just not as fun as with somebody else. Actually it is no fun at all. I’m still sad.
- Second, there were some family issues going on.
- and third: I did/do have some health issues.
Turns out I’m lactose intolerant. I am not a 100% positive on it yet, mainly because I already miss all the chocolate milk, yogurt, and cream cheese related things, although it has only been 36 hours without dairy. I know my behavior is ridiculous but I can’t help it. On the other hand I’m glad I finally figured it out, because the last couple weeks/months were no fun. GI distress like crazy. I thought it was because of running because that was when I always got the symptoms. It makes sense since I always tried to eat protein after a workout. And since I don’t eat meat, most of the other protein options include dairy. But the last two weeks the symptoms had gotten constantly so bad, that I couldn’t run/exercise at all. Then one night I hadn’t eaten all after noon and wasn’t hungry at all so I just had a couple sips of milk before I went to bad, and that’s when it had gotten the worst. Still not realizing what was going on, I had a yogurt the next afternoon and almost had to go home from work because my intestines were going nuts. And that’s when I finally figured it out.
Well after a long couple of months of being tired and not feeling well I finally want to get back on track with my training and more importantly with my MOTIVATION for fitness and other things (cooking more often, seeing friends, blogging a little more often and…).
Mid July I thought if I signed up for a race, my motivation would come back by itself. Well, it didn’t (due to the things mentioned above). And now here I am totally unprepared with a halfmarathon coming up in two and a half weeks. Great. What can you do?! Work hard, try your best, and just enjoy the journey 🙂
This is my ramble for the day. I hope I got all the negative stuff out to start fresh tomorrow ♥